With iPhoto’s demise, iLife could be next

“Apple’s iLife consumer-level suite of apps has changed dramatically over the years,” Ted Landau writes for Macworld.

“It has contained as few as three apps and as many as six,” Landau writes. “It’s cost as much as $79 and as little as zero. It’s been packaged both as an integrated software collection and as a loose confederacy of disparate apps.”

Landau writes, “And now, in its latest evolutionary shift, it’s been placed on the endangered software list, with a reasonable probability that it will, in the not too distant future, go extinct altogether.”

Much more in the full article here.


  1. The functions that the collection of apps cover will always be represented on Apple products. iLife is a branding. Does anyone really believe that you will no longer have an app to edit movies and photos.

    When it comes to sound editing (GarageBand) it will be interesting see what happens.

    1. Garage Band is a fantastic app. The author did zero research into how well the app is really doing and just pulled guesses out of his ass. It’s always in the top 100 in the app store. They keep adding features from Logic (like drummer). Garage Band (along with the other apps he mentions) is going nowhere. iLife the moniker may be getting the boot, but who even cares about that…

        1. iPhoto and Aperture really didn’t “die”, they were merged into one new app (really three apps including the iOS iPhoto). I could see Garage Band and Logic going the same route.

          However, I don’t think iMovie is going away anytime soon (if ever). With online video becoming more and more popular, iMovie will only be used more frequently.

      1. We have no need of iDVD anymore, and iWeb was a nice tool, but it generated spaghetti code (like all drag and drop web editors). That niche has been met by other tools that solve the whole problem (squarespace / virb / weebly) in such a way that desktop software doesn’t really have a market fit anymore.

        Plus, it’s gotten a lot easier to learn some basic coding skills.

          1. Jack, I agree completely. I use iDVD to create sports slide shows, highlight DVDs, and graduation videos for the high school where I volunteer.

            I don’t know of another program that makes doing this so easy.

  2. Really poorly thought out premise and article. He backs up his thesis with “I don’t know anyone who uses these apps, so they must be doing poorly and are on their way out, just like iPhoto”. (I’m paraphrasing, but this is his general argument). There is no doubt Apple will continue to modify the apps and the names (just like iPhoto), but the apps themselves aren’t going anywhere. They serve their purposes quite well, whether Landau uses them personally or not. Not worth reading.

  3. Ditto with what blaargh wrote. Just a made up story extrapolating far beyond any evidence in order to stretch a story.

    In the future, names may change/evolve and so may the software, but they aren’t going anywhere.

    fUd with a capital “U”

  4. As I’ve said before, Apple(and most other computer/online companies) will stop at NOTHING ’til everything you own is stored on their servers. The only place to “Save” all of your pics, all of your documents, music and movies will be on Apple’s Server somewhere…. and it is NOT in the “cloud(s)”. You’ll most likely have to pay a monthly or yearly fee to access YOUR stuff on THEIR servers… and you’ll also have to pay an ISP for access as well.

    Think about it. All the stuff YOU own.. YOU’VE created will no longer be available for you to access for free… you’ll have to pay and pay and pay and pay… and when you STOP paying, all of your data will be gone.

    1. jltnol, one can always save their files to their local drive, an external drive, or some other cloud provider. As I understand it is storing on Apple cloud servers an option not mandatory.

    1. You’re assuming that when Aperture finally goes away (it’s being updated to run under Yosemite), there won’t be anything in its place to do it’s job.

      You really need to watch the WWDC 2014 session presentation “Advances in CoreImage”. Near the end it shows some capabilities that are real improvements in what Aperture offers now in image manipulation. Especially note the discussion of new support for third-party extensions.

      Aperture’s based on pretty old frameworks and tools, we can have better, and I think we will.

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